Spring has sprung and with it the realisation hiding the
winter weight under puffer jackets is no longer an option.
Despite several attempts at getting fit - and multiple
promises to maintain it - Otago Daily Times and Queenstown
Times bureau chief Tracey Roxburgh today begins another
fitness challenge - Alpine Health and Fitness' Revive
''I've been hiding from exercise. I'm in the Fitness
Protection Programme.'' Photo by James Beech.
Dear Diary, I have fallen off the wagon. Again.
I think I might be one of those people who never makes the
same mistake twice - I make it five or six times just to be
In fairness, it wasn't ALL my fault ... I was doing quite
well back in 2010. The scales threw up a number I hadn't seen
since I was 16, I got to go into shops, try on clothes and
have them fit me (instead of being the "in-between size" I
had become accustomed to) and I was, I think, a nicer person
Then I face-planted at a local establishment (this was most
certainly not my fault and may the woman who decided to leave
the tap in the women's bathroom on full thereby flooding the
tiled floors and turning the surface into an ice rink read
this and feel very, very bad about her actions) and in the
process I broke a rib or two.
That was really the beginning of the end of my career as a
fit (ish) person.
The next thing I knew it was 2012 and I could probably count
on one hand the number of times I've visited the gym in the
past 12 months.
I did have the best of intentions - in fact, I was a member
at not one, but TWO gyms for a while ... I just never seemed
to find the time to visit either of them.
The turning point was when I found this top I bought in June
2010 and thought I might like to wear it.
I was sick of wearing my "work uniform" everywhere, so I put
the top on.
I couldn't do it up.
In fact, I couldn't even get the two pieces of fabric to meet
in the middle.
I realised the reason I wore my "work uniform" everywhere was
because it fitted me.
It was at that moment I decided I had NOT spent an exorbitant
amount of money on one item of clothing for it to hang in my
wardrobe as my "motivation" because "one day I will fit back
There was only one thing for it ... another 12-week
So, Diary, I enlisted for the Revive programme and I have
spent the past three weeks psyching myself up for it.
This time it's going to be different.
This time I'm going to try a new thing ... it's called
I have a Gym Buddy and we're going to keep each other
motivated and I have spoken to many others who promise, now
they know I'm going to be at the gym, they will come too.
I will hold them to this promise and if they stand me up I'm
going to tell you all about them, Diary.
It's spring now, so it's going to be MUCH easier this time
around to get myself out of bed at stupid o'clock in the
morning and I have the gorgeous Haylee Roberts as my personal
I had a wee nosey at some photos she put on the internet of
her group from the Revive challenge last year and I was
heartened to see in many of the pictures her group had
glasses of wine in their hands ... I think Haylee and I are
going to get on like a house on fire!
Let the games begin ... week one starts now.